Canon IXUS 1100HS assessment
Canon has just lately been growing its give attention to client grade point-and-shoot cameras, with the goal to infuse increased finish options right into a slimmer form-factor. Their latest addition to this line-up is the Canon IXUS1100HS (referred to as the ELPH 510 within the US).
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Canon IXUS 1100HS digicam, SanDisk 4GB SD Card (Class four), lanyard, user-manual, customary USB cable and a software program CD.
Canon IXUS 1100HS Options
Measuring in at simply .86 inches thick, the IXUS 1100HS homes a 12 megapixel back-illuminated sensor to offer the very best picture high quality doable. The ‘HS’ within the identify stands for ‘Excessive Sensitivity’ and represents a mix of a back-illuminated sensor together with Canon’s Digic Picture Processor that ship nice picture high quality even in low mild.
The digicam additionally packs a modest 12x optical zoom (28mm-336mm equal) in a somewhat slim bundle. The digicam replaces the custom inventory of buttons on the again with a three.2-inch LCD contact display screen that can be utilized to entry numerous capabilities and menus.
The IXUS 1100HS is SD, SDHC and SDXC appropriate and gives output by means of a mini-HDMI port.
Canon IXUS 1100HS Efficiency
The IXUS 1100HS is a well-crafted point-and-shoot digicam, with a stable metallic physique. We obtained our unit in a shiny black end. The time between turning the digicam on and taking our first shot was nearly beneath three seconds, that means that there’s a good likelihood you will not be lacking that decisive second with the IXUS 1100HS.
The digicam’s menu system might be sorted into three classes; Settings, Capabilities and Menu. Whereas in picture seize mode, the digicam shows a slew of settings pertaining to the shot comparable to flash settings, publicity compensation settings, a button to show off the on-screen buttons, a button to entry the capabilities menu and a button to start out recording video.
The file button is a really useful characteristic for many who would possibly wish to swap from taking images to capturing full HD video with out losing even a second. The ‘Perform’ menu lets you choose numerous particular settings for focusing, white balancing, ISO, and many others.
The IXUS 1100HS has a swap subsequent to the facility button that lets you change to an computerized mode, the place the digicam mechanically detects the atmosphere and selects a photographic mode accordingly. This characteristic was somewhat efficient in our testing, the place we shot indoors, at a live performance venue, in a playground and even within the mid-day solar. The digicam was in a position to set the right settings many of the occasions and ship nice photographs to us. It is a actually useful characteristic for many who won’t be very acquainted with images associated jargon and settings.
The IXUS 1100HS options two sorts of burst modes; common and excessive pace that may be accessed by means of the capturing mode possibility. In common burst mode, all one has to do is maintain down the shutter and the digicam will shoot as much as three frames per second. In high-speed burst mode, the digicam can shoot as much as 7 frames per second, however drops the decision down to simply three megapixels.
The 12x optical zoom (with further 2x digital zoom) capabilities exceptionally nicely, because of Canon’s Picture Stabilization (IS) system. The macro mode of the lens is one thing value a point out right here. When zoomed out all the best way, the lens has a minimal focusing distance of about zero.four inches Nevertheless, after we zoomed in all the best way, our minimal focusing distance elevated drastically and we weren’t in a position to seize any macro-like (excessive close-up) photographs. Regardless of this shortcoming, the digicam at all times managed to give attention to the correct a part of the picture, thereby delivering well-exposed and vibrant photographs.
The display screen on the IXUS 1100HS is one thing to speak about. In addition to being a management interface and a digital viewfinder, the display screen may also act as a shutter-button by merely tapping on it to take . The display screen could be very legible even beneath direct daylight and exhibits wealthy, colourful previews of the pictures shot. To leap from one picture to the following, you merely must faucet on the left or proper fringe of the display screen.
One factor that we really feel have to be identified is the responsiveness of the display screen. Whereas modern-day tablets and cellphones have made us used to screens that reply on the slightest contact, the display screen on the Canon IXUS 1100HS requires a firmer contact to register instructions. One other concern for us concerning the touchscreen was the truth that it slowed us down somewhat once I got here to switching between modes and settings as we needed to flick thru a number of menu pages to get the to related elements. That is the place the dials and bodily buttons turn out to be useful.
The battery lifetime of the digicam was an enormous letdown. A couple of minutes value of HD movies and about 70 images later, we discovered the digicam displaying a ‘low battery’ image flashing. It simply so occurs that the IXUS 1100HS runs off a battery that is rated for simply 170 photographs, beneath supreme situations. Nevertheless, our actual world utilization yielded a decrease quantity and thus, we would suggest getting a spare battery or two, simply to be sure you by no means run out of juice.
Canon IXUS 1100HS Picture High quality
Every thing mentioned and executed, on the finish of the day, what issues is picture high quality. We examined the digicam in a number of capturing situations and located the outcomes to be somewhat blended. When capturing beneath the intense mid-day solar, the digicam captured colours pretty precisely with good distinction and element. Picture high quality additional improved when capturing in shade (to simulate overcast sky) as colours turned extra vibrant and sharper. Usually if you zoom in to the utmost vary of the digicam, the picture high quality takes successful, however that wasn’t the case with the IXUS 1100HS.
The opposite side of picture high quality comes from utilizing the flash. Flash can be utilized both for close-up photographs, medium distance photographs (5-10 toes from the digicam) or for photographs the place the topic is way away (10 toes and past). Images shot utilizing the flash for topics as much as 10 toes away from the digicam got here out nicely balanced, with out the ambient mild being over powered by the flash. Nevertheless, when the topic distance went past 13 toes, the flash wasn’t highly effective sufficient to mild up the scene nicely and induced out photographs to look barely under-exposed.
The back-illuminated sensor does its job somewhat nicely, conserving the noise ranges somewhat low when capturing. Nevertheless, there are some seen indicators of the digicam making use of noise-reduction to the picture, in order that they lose some sharpness, however nothing that any frequent picture modifying software program cannot repair. General, it felt good to have the ability to take photographs at evening that will have in any other case been subsequent to unattainable by a daily point-and-shoot.
The digicam additionally boasts the flexibility to shoot full HD video. We examined out the video for high quality and located the footage to be easy and crisp, however in case you have been a top quality Nazi, you possibly can discover compression artifacts within the footage. The mono mic lends nicely to the prime quality video for filming topics which are shut by or loud venues, however fails to file audio acceptably when the speaker is standing greater than 15 toes or so away.
Canon IXUS 1100HS Verdict
The Canon IXUS 1100HS is a positively a full-bodied digicam that lives as much as the ‘point-and-shoot’ moniker somewhat nicely. With a price ticket of Rs. 18,995, the IXUS 1100HS finds itself positioned within the mid-level phase for patrons (See: Purchaser’s information for point-and-shoot cameras). Increased worth than its competitor might be attributed to a back-illuminated sensor that permits for photographs to be taken in very low mild situations with out degrading the picture high quality.
Whereas there are cameras in the identical worth vary with a better zoom vary and extra megapixels, the IXUS 1100HS does declare to be the world’s slimmest with 12x optical zoom. The IXUS 1100HS is aimed on the type of client who prioritizes compactness over the value, with out compromising on the characteristic set.
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